It just didn't seem like a piece I could work with. But after giving it some thought and noticing the detail, it seemed like it had some possibilities.
Although I don't have pictures of the process, here are the steps I took to makeover this nightstand using Shabby Paints.
-Did a quick scuff sand to dull some of the shine
-Cleaned the entire piece, in and out, with a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar
-Painted 3 coats of Shabby Paints Worn White on the body and drawers
-Painted 2 coats of Vanilla Bear on the drawer front and 2 coats Garfield Gray around the drawer front edges
-Painted the hardware first in Worn White then Garfield Gray
-Sanded over the Garfield Gray to make some of the Worn White visible
-Wet sanded the entire piece to smooth out the paint more and add some distressing
-Applied a coat of Shabby Paints Sheer VAX with a soft Cling On brush to seal and protect the paint
-Applied a light coat of Hazelnut ReVAX with a brush to age the piece and give some texture
It seems like a lot of steps but it went pretty quickly. Much of that is due to the fact that Shabby Paints products dry very quickly and you can do multiple coats within a short amount of time.
Here is the final result.
I really like how you can take a plain brown piece, give it a little paint and make the details pop! Now you actually notice that this nightstand has some interesting lines and embellishments.
For more information on Shabby Paints, see www.bellejunque.com.